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Northwest Floatation Center

Claustrophobia and Floatation Therapy


Many people that are interested in floating have concerns about being claustrophobic during their experience.

At Northwest Float Center we have run thousands of floats, and consistently have had no issues with people feeling claustrophobic.  The reason is simple:  you are in control.  During a walkthrough explaining the experience, you will be shown how the float tank operates and some ways to personalize the float to enhance your comfort.

There are no locks or latches on the doors and they can be propped for extra light. You also may end the experience early if desired.  While you may be apprehensive at first, once you realize that you are in full control, prior anxiety will simply float away.

Northwest Floatation Center

How Weightlessness Affects the Human Body

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Originally, astronauts preparing for space first used sensory deprivation. In fact, NASA still trains their space personnel with these devices. While astronauts need to know how weightlessness will affect their bodies over time, floatation tanks focus on providing short-term benefits to users. Interestingly, when used as a therapy aid, floatation tank sessions have the exact opposite effect of long-term weightlessness in space.


In space, lack of gravity over time starts to shrink muscles and bone mass causing widespread pain and poor joint functionality. Muscle shrinkage also affects the heart’s ability to pump blood. In a zero gravity environment, blood flow does not fight moving towards the heart and head as it does on earth. The result is that blood flows more freely in peoples’ upper extremities and can cause puffiness in the face and eyes.

Float Science

The Benefits of Float Tanks

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Float tank therapy or sensory deprivation therapy gives you one of the most amazing experiences ever for relaxation and stress relief. Research done by he Swedish research council has also shown that the relaxation that you get on a float tank drastically helps in reducing stress and relieves pain without any side effects. It has also been found that the floating therapy reduces the blood pressure and cholesterol from the body.

Sensory deprivation therapy was first introduced in 1954 by the researchers of National Institute of Mental Health, Washington. Its effectiveness is seen all over the whole world. This technique as has been documented and researched for physical, mental health, addiction, athletics etc.

The Isolation tank or float tank therapy increases the blood circulation throughout the body and also maintains proper oxygen supply to the cells of the whole body. It also promotes blood flow to the brain, which in turn maintains healing effect for the whole body.

Float Tanks Solutions

How Do You Properly Use Hydrogen Peroxide?

The Art of Floating, a great blog by the Float Shoppe here in Portland, has been answering questions that hit their inbox. Which is brilliant, and gives a second life to the extensive novellas on that minutiae of float tanks that I find myself writing daily. Here's the first in what will hopefully be a series.
imageHey Graham,

I have a few questions for you on peroxide use.  How do you use it? When do you use it and in what quantity do you use it in for floating ? Is there an amount per floater or number of floats or per day or by weight of floater?  I realize there are many factors but trying to get a sense for about 5 floaters a day/per tank. I've seen a few different notes on it but it's not really clear.

Any help would be super appreciated!

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Good question - we use 35% Hydrogen Peroxide, which we order online. We do about 10 floats a day/tank, and we use around an average of 2-4 ounces per day per tank. That seems like a big range, and it's because the Hydrogen Peroxide can vary quite a bit in how quickly it is used up.